"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!" ~Dr. Seuss
Start at reading to your child at birth! Read every day to your child as much as you can. Make reading part of your daily routine with your child. Infants and toddlers love touch-and-feel books and picture books. Children who are read to every day before they enter kindergarten have larger vocabularies and are well on their way to being successful readers.
Reading at home with fluent readers: Fluent readers are readers who recognize words quickly and read with expression. Fluent readers are usually in grades 3-5. If your child is a fluent reader, here are a few things you can do at how with your child as they read to develop their comprehension: 1). Ask questions before, during and after they read. Ask them to tell you about the characters, setting (where/when a story takes place), and the plot if it's a fiction story. Have your child make predictions about what might happen next. 2) Make reading a priority. Have a designated spot in your home for reading that is distraction-free. 3) Read with your child. Have your child select a book that is too difficult for them right now, and read a chapter or two each night out loud to them. 4) Take them to the public library and let them select more books to read! 5) Ask your child's classroom teacher for more specific ways to help your child grow as a reader and develop a love for reading.